EVEREST LHOTSE EXPEDITION is sponsored by
O BOTICΑRIO, VOLKSWAGEN and PETROBRΑS
Base Camp ( 5,400m ) - Ice Fall ( 5,850m )
24th day of the Brazilian Expedition to the Top of the
It was God who opened the path, our notebook has
Today we had a
busy day here on Everest. Our team went up the Ice
Fall to continue with their job, along with personnel
from SPCC, to open the route to Camp 1. We were
stopped yesterday by a huge ice barrier, a wall that
everybody said was impassable, a real dead end.
Today, when we got to the same place to continue
working, the impossible block had broken in two,
opening a natural pass. "It was God who opened the
path", said Prem, our SPCC team chief and leader of
the work on the Ice Fall.
miracle did not leave us at ease, because we felt the
Ice Fall was very unstable, noise everywhere and
blocks of ice tumbling down all day. Irivan said he
saw a block "the size of a Fusca (VW Beetle)" rolling
down the mountain.
I have seen the
enthusiasm of the Brazilian team myself. Prem did not
know how to thank our help. We carried the ropes,
stakes and today Bonga even risked like a real Sherpa
carrier, carrying a couple of aluminum ladders, which
we are using to improvise bridges over the crevasses
But the greatest
reason for joy to all of us, without doubt, was the
arrival of our new notebook. Imagine the confusion
when you have a problem with a computer in Brazil.
Now place yourself on the biggest mountain of the
world, far from everything, 8 days away by foot from
the nearest resting place. Anyway, change a hard
disk, install the new software, a real odyssey.
See the scenes of
the Ice Fall on today's pictures. Note on the larger
picture how the climbers are reduced to small black
dots on the greatness of the mountain.
(see the next dispatch as
we get caught up here)
LHOTSE EXPEDITION is sponsored by O BOTICΑRIO,
VOLKSWAGEN and PETROBRΑS
Portuguese by Jorge Rivera